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Express your inner geek

My inner geek has had a lot of chance to express herself lately – I’ve started playing Dungeons and Dragons. We basically sit around, create some imaginary characters, and then use them to violently attack other imaginary characters. With, you know, a plot. It really is huge amounts of dice-rolling fun.

Normally, this wouldn’t really be relevant for this blog. But there are extenuating circumstances…

After a few battles, we realised that there was an inordinate amount of paperwork involved in tracking the damage taken by our half-giant fighter. He’d get punched, then he’d get healed, then someone would stab him, then he’d club a dude and thereby actually gain health. It was all getting very complex.

My solution? Craft. (because craft solves everything)

So over the next week, I hacked up a chair leg, collected buttons, broke drill bits, twisted wire, and ended up with this: a custom designed hit point abacus.

The left column is for normal HP, the right column is for temporary HP, and it’s expandable to twice the character’s current health. And it works! Really, really well!

My inner geek is out, and damn, is she proud.

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In other, Radical Craftier, news: we’re having a Crafternoon this Thursday, 24th Feb, 1pm, @Format, 15 Peel St, Adelaide. Free wool for yarnbombing, dirty cross-stitch kits, afternoon tea. If you’re local, you should be there. It’ll be rad.


Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Craftiness


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Attitudinal stitchery

It’s Radical Crafternoon time once again! Saturday the 30th of October, Format Collective, 15 Peel St, Adelaide, 2pm to 6pm. If you’re a local crafter, you should definitely come along. There will be craft, kits, afternoon tea and fun times.

In honour of our SIXTH Radical Crafternoon, I have created a shiny new cross-stitch design! And in deference to this Halloweeny time of year, I’ve broken out the black Aida:


I’ve also broken out the bad puns. So shoot me.

This little nasty was designed and stitched in under 4 hours, which means a relatively friendly degree of difficulty. Kits will be available to all keen Crafternooners this Saturday, but I can also email out the pattern if you drop me a comment.

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In other news, I have finally cleared some of my backlog of works-in-progress! Hooray! I will be posting them as and when I have time, so stay tuned for a bunch more crafty goodness, including more exegetical profanity and (oh no!) more lemmings.

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Craftiness


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There is a lot of buzz around at the moment about Radical Craft Adelaide, and this is making my life INSANELY BUSY (in the very best of ways). We keep getting invited to go places and do things! Tonight, we’ll be at Higher Ground’s Elevation festival, and we’re chatting with various other peeps, including the Reading Room, to organise yet more events. We’re having a pre-halloween crafternoon, with some fairly creepy cross-stitch designs (though they will differ from our normal designs, I am unsure).

Plus, journalists are talking to us, which means more people hear about us, which means we get to be involved in awsome art projects and (with any luck) shit-hot interstate collaborations.

This, largely, is why I haven’t blogged much about craft lately – too damn busy organising craft. WIPs are steadily piling up with no clear end in sight; my fuzzy winter projects will likely have to wait until next winter.


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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Deviousness


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Needlework for pirates

Having duly recovered from our Radical Crafternoon, I shall now blog as follows:

The skill levels of our Crafternoons are going WAY UP. I had very little teaching to do – people just rocked up and started stitching Radical Cross Stitch designs, or crocheting seaweed, or knitting crazy rainbow things. It was awesome. I do love showing people how to do new things, and there was a little bit of that going on, but mostly I had plenty of time to get on with other things.

Like this:

And all of these:

Clearly, I have been having a great deal of fun with our new badge machine, our scrap fabric, old pattern books and AIDA offcuts. I really am paticularly keen on the “skull-and-cross-needles” badges, adapted from this Anticraft pattern.

Also, I would like to say thanks to the guys from Format’s Hackerspace.  They were busy deconstructing the universe in the basement while we Crafternooned, but kindly took time out to help me carry brown vinyl chairs and green velvet sofas up a flight of stairs. All in a day’s work for your friendly neighborhood hackers.

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In other news, there’s a new phat quarter swap in town! I really do love swaps, because I work so much faster with a deadline. (As opposed to the next exegetical profanity, which has been a work-in-progress since about June. It is progressing, though!) This one is movie-themed, and I’m quite excited by the design I’ve knocked up – it’s totally different from anything I’ve stitched before, and I’ll get to play with interesting variegated threads. Stay tuned, movie buffs.


Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Craftiness, Deviousness


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The last few weeks have been hectic to say the least.

Last weekend, Radical Craft Adelaide had a stall at Format’s Christmas in July, where we sold brownies, cakes and lemon butter, as well as – and I quote – “a buttload of craft”:

The weekend before that, we were at the Vitalstatistix book sale, which was fabulous. I swear, the only reason I decided to be a stallholder was so that I could get at the books before the vulture-like general public arrived. I managed to snaffle the first three Harry Potter books, and a whole bunch of chocolate-themed cookbooks. We also fed the hungry populace with gingerbread and cheescake, and sold tiny evil owls.

In related excitement, Radical Craft Adelaide made its debut radio appearance, on ThreedD Radio. We had a very pleasant chat with the lovely Suzy and Jade, who have promised to bring their mix-tape of crafty songs to the next crafternoon.

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Which brings us, rather neatly, to the “anticipation” portion of this blog. Crafternoon is tomorrow. Holy Crap. It’s going to be massive. We’re stocked up on snarky cross-stitch kits and rainbow vintage knitting needles. There’s yarn all over the place. We even have a freaking badge machine (bought with the proceeds of our previous excursions), with which we will make cross-stitch badges, you guys! Seriously, we’re going to be like a SWAT team of craftiness. If you’re in Adelaide, get prepared.

It’s on, bitches.

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Deviousness


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c’est la revolution

With apologies for the lengthy radio silence, I present:

Our shiny new cross-stitch design for the Crafternoon. Design inspiration from Ash Hunt, a new Crafternoon Cross-stitch Convert (check the out alliteration!), these little beauties will be available during Freaking Insane July. Radical Craft Adelaide will be going on a regional tour, hanging out at activist conferences, flogging our wares at zine fairs and bakesales alike, and topping it all off with the fifth (and definitely very fabulous) Radical Crafternoon. If you’re a local, or even almost local (Murray Bridge, I’m looking at you!) you should definitely catch up with the Crafternoon crew next month. Updates will appear on our facebook page as and when dates are confirmed.

(Accordingly, blog updates will either be very sparse or very frequent, depending on my exhaustion/enthusiasm quotient. We shall see…)

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Posted by on June 19, 2010 in Craftiness


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an antidote to terseness, or, what I’m doing when I’m not making things

I’ve realised that my posts recently have been pretty terse, and I think I want to try verbiage instead.

You know, in lieu of actual craft, since I have no beautiful pictures at the moment. (If you would like pictures, please scroll down. There are lots. Many of them are pretty.)

I do have a lot of works-in-progress, though. Like, waaay too many. I’m knitting a scarf that I started last September, and I’m still halfway through knitting a bamboo/silk camisole. I honestly don’t know where that pattern for that has gone. I’ve got a knit-graffiti tag to be finished, and ‘finished’ can only be defined once I work out where it’s going to end up. On top of all this I am foolishly trying to start a lace hood/cowl thing with my cloud yarn. And I still have a scarf on my loom, which will remain unwoven for now, because I was dumb enough to think that using two kinds of feathers yarn was a good idea. Yeah, no.

There’s also a bunch of cross-stitches that I want to design and make. I’ve got some Bloody Shakespeare ideas that are waiting on art from my awesome artist friends. I also have plans for more NSFW Exegetical Profanity – “FUCK” is definitely the next one, though I’m torn on what the third should be. Four letters, definitely, but I just can’t decide.

There will also, at some point, be a piece of embroidery that asks one of life’s ultimate questions – “where do all the calculators go?”. This will happen just as soon as I design a decent-looking halo-wearing cross-stitch calculator.

I also have a design ready-to-roll, which I want to cross-stitch soon: ‘viva la stitch’, which needs to be ready for the crafternoon’s exciting tour schedule. Thinking of which, I need to co-ordinate and plan for the crafternoon’s exciting tour schedule. July is going to be a MAD MAD MAD month. We’re going down to Flinders Uni for the Students of Sustainability conference (fingers crossed), which totally counts as touring since it takes me two hours and three busses to get there. We’re then heading to Murray Bridge with Format Festival, which will involve hardcore crafternooners sitting around, plotting the radicalisation of rural South Australia’s crafting community. CWA? HTFU.

And THEN we’re going to have a crafternoon. Because there really wasn’t enough going on.

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Anyway, I had a really cool moment today. I was out shopping (for lace-up boots with NO FUCKING ZIP! Is that too much to ask? Really? Well, it would appear so.) and stopped into the bakery for lunch. The girl behind the counter said I looked familiar – I sort of recognised her as well, but I could not remember how we knew each other. I live in Adelaide, so stuff like this happens to me on a regular basis, especially since  I’m fairly rubbish at recognising people out of context. The girl at the bakery clearly has no such impairment, however, because she then said, “you’re the crafternoon lady, right?”

Random craft-related recognition! Followed by random craft conversation in bakery, where I found out that one of my “I (heart) zombies” patterns not only got finished, but gifted to a sister. Which is very cool.

This conversation completely made my day.

(Even though I wasted four hours looking for a still-elusive pair of lace-up boots.)

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I just realised that, despite my avowed aim of reducing terseness, I’ve written over 500 words of increasingly terse prose. Note to self: remember to use more conjunctions and pronouns, and stop slipping into the imperative voice. Oh. Damn.

Writing ditsy teenage dialogue is messing with my prose.


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Posted by on June 1, 2010 in Deviousness


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